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Hull City v Plymouth Argyle
Championship League
Sunday, May 6th 2007, 1pm
Chris Bennett
(Plymouth Argyle fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It was the last game of a pretty successful season for Argyle and I was looking forward to a stress less encounter at a ground I'd never seen before. The one thing that was riding on the game was that if we finished 13th or above we would have improved our league position for seven seasons running which is apparently some kind of Football League record.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I got the train from Manchester where I live which took about 90 minutes. I had some pretty good directions so I found the ground easily.  It looked extremely impressive as I approached it. I had forgotten to bring anything to cover my colours but as it happened there weren't any problems with the fans mixing.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

My ticket had been lost in the post so I had to collect another one from the ticket office.  Unfortunately Argyle had forgotten to tell Hull that I had already paid for my ticket so I had to buy another one!  The ticket office were extremely helpful and considerate though and I managed to buy another one even though the game was all-ticket.  I'd arrived at the ground quite late so once I'd sorted it out I went round to the away end and bought some food from the concourse.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I've been to plenty of bland new stadiums but this certainly didn't fall into this category. It was the model of how new grounds should be built - imaginative and attractive while still serving its purpose perfectly well.  There was plenty of legroom - being only 5'8 it's rarely a problem for me but I didn't hear any complaints.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

Argyle were on top for most of the game.  We took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Peter Halmosi, and doubled our lead after half-time just after we missed a penalty.  They pulled one back shortly afterwards but we held on comfortably for a 2-1 win and ended up finishing the season in 11th - very impressive seeing as we seem to be the perennial favourites for relegation.The atmosphere was superb - no doubt helped by the fact that we started singing anti-Leeds songs which the Hull fans were more than happy to join in.  There was some entertaining banter between the two sets of fans, mostly the ones to our left, but it was all very friendly. To the end of the game the two sets of fans even ended up applauding each other which was quite amazing, I've never seen that before. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We had ages to wait for the train to Manchester as it was a Sunday, so we had a wander into Hull itself which was very attractive.  The train eventually got us back into Manchester at about 6.30 (bearing in mind it was a 1.00 kick-off for some reason). 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Fantastic ground, great atmosphere which was no doubt helped by the fact that we managed another away win.  Highly recommended.


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